Some old News About the Erie County Parks Master Plan

In anticipation of the release of the draft master plan back in 2002-2003, WNYMBA voted to hire a trail consultant to review the trails at Hunters Creek Park for sustainability and provide recommendations for improvement. After securing permission from the county, WNYMBA, together with financial support from the Western New York Horse Council hired Richard Edwards of the IMBA Trail Solutions Program to spend a week reviewing the trails and make recommendations both in a presentation to the county and in a written report.

The goal was to get the consultant in the field before the snow came, and we thus scheduled the visit for last November. Despite a dusting of snow the day before he arrived, we succeeded,  allowing Rich to view the trails under some wet conditions to see where major problems would be. Rich made a presentation to the county the week he was here, and the written report was finally completed in time for delivery to the county at the final Parks Master Plan public hearing.

Rich’s review was very detailed, having covered all the trails at the park at least once and taking copious notes. The goal for any trail system is to have sustainable, safe, easy to maintain and fun. The key is to have trails that are narrow and non-eroding, which in most cases means dry as well. Perfect examples of this are our trails in Ellicottville.

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Smooth Shifting by: Pete Dzirkalis

One of the most common things people complain about on their bikes is the shifting.

Even a new bike can shift poorly if it's not set up correctly. I'm going to limit this article to rear shifting. I'll follow up with front shifting later.

After assembling thousands of bikes over the years, I can tell you that many new bikes often take just as much of a beating in getting to the shop as they do out on the trail.

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Review: Ergon GX1 Leichtbau Grips

What is Leichtbau? And why would anybody pay that much ($39.95 MSRP) for a pair of mountain bike grips?

The key feature of this lock-on grip is the wing like shape of the grip which distributes the pressure over a wider section of your palm. I was having issues with my hand tingling and going numb on descents and on long rides.

The GX1 has almost completely alleviated this problem. I even find the wing shape helps me lift the rear of the bike when bunny-hopping by exaggerating the wrist roll.

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A Note from the President (Nov 2010)

The weather was fantastic, the trails dry, 115 people, great music, smiling faces, more demo bikes than could be ridden, great food, people from afar, kids, laughter, and more swag than we could give away.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then unfortunately, you missed WNYMBA’s MTB Fest.

The only hiccup that occurred was a that week earlier a micro burst picked up about 100 trees and dropped them like toothpicks at one of the only, if not the only, major intersections of 4 trails.

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Top 10 Things About Working With Rock To Reinforce MTB Trails

10. Your co-workers are too exhausted to ride farther or faster than you when everyone finally puts down the shovels.

9.   You get to play with big trucks in the woods just like childhood.

8.   Running that wheelbarrow through the woods and a half-mile down the trail makes you very happy that you sit in an office every day.

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Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.